ORHPC News Update 2022 - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care



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February 2021

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Health care workforce recruitment efforts continue

Read about the efforts of the State of Minnesota to address our critical health care workforce shortage. The Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development, Education, Health, Human Services and the Office of Higher Education are all engaged in efforts to raise awareness about and get Minnesotans connected to careers in health care. Find out more at CareerForceMN.com/HealthCare.

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Grants and other funding

Open: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made $13 million available in funding to increase access to quality behavioral health care services in rural America through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program–Behavioral Health Care Support (RCORP-BHS). Award recipients are required to be part of a consortium of four or more separately owned entities and all services must be provided in HRSA–designated rural areas. Those interested from Region 5 are encouraged to attend the T.A. webinar for applicants on Thursday, February 3, 1–2:30 p.m. ET. For more information, read the NOFO on Grants.gov, contact Mebrat Tekle at 301–945–0844, or email ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov. Applications are due April 19.

Open: Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant

The Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant awards grants to eligible rural hospitals for modernization projects to update, remodel or replace aging hospital facilities and equipment necessary to maintain the operations of a hospital. Read the 2022 Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant RFP (PDF) and submit applications through the MDH Grants Portal website by 11:59 PM, Tuesday, February 15. For more information please contact: craig.baarson@state.mn.us

Open: Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant

The Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant program awards grants to small hospitals (50 or fewer beds) to help them preserve or enhance access to health services through planning or implementation projects. Read the 2022 Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant RFP (PDF) and submit applications through the MDH Grants Portal website by 11:59 PM, Tuesday, February 15. For more information please contact: craig.baarson@state.mn.us

Open: Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to increase the number of dental and dental hygiene faculty in the workforce. This funding is designed to help attract and retain faculty to dental and dental hygiene training programs through the operation of a loan repayment program. Applications are due by March 22. Contact Oksana Cobb at (301)945–0279 or email ocobb@hrsa.gov   

Reminder: Swing Bed Quality Improvement and Market Utilization Project 

The MN Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program is seeking proposals from eligible vendors to improve rural transitional care programs by addressing swing bed quality and market utilization. Eligible projects for this contract should provide a holistic improvement program including both quality and financial improvement. Complete submission instructions are detailed in the Request for Proposals (RFP) Responses must be received no later than 4:00pm, CT, February 4. For more information, contact health.flex@state.mn.us

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Long COVID-19 resource for clinicians

Family Health Centers of San Diego, the ECHO Institute, University of Washington, and University of Colorado have collaborated to provide a CDC–funded monthly webinar–style ECHO learning session to  disseminate Post–acute Sequelae of SARS–COV–2 infection (PASC) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) findings and emerging best practices. This large–scale national monthly ECHO webinar series will offer didactic presentations by subject matter experts, examples of emerging best practices and models of care, and a facilitated Q&A. This program is open to all healthcare professionals and all Long COVID and ME/CFS patient–lived experience experts interested in learning more about the treatment of Long COVID and ME/CFS. Please register for the webinar

Project Reach

An initiative of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Program, Project Reach is a year-long development program that empowers diverse community leaders in rural Minnesota with health policy and leadership training.  Participants receive training, access to an expert network through the University, and a $1200 stipend to help them advocate to improve health in their communities. The application cycle is open and Interest Forms are due March 2.

PHN Residency Program

The PHN Residency Program was designed to provide new nursing graduates in public health settings with the basic elements needed for a successful transition to public health nursing practice. This residency is a joint venture between a PHN resident and a preceptor assigned to facilitate the resident's transition to practice. A flexible, one–year calendar provides monthly activities to be completed by the preceptor, the resident, and agency personnel providing orientation. While this residency is designed to meet the needs of new nursing graduates hired in public health settings, experienced nurses new to public health may also benefit. Review the program website for more information or contact julia.ashley@state.mn.us.

42 organizations receiving Live Well at Home Grants

The MN Department of Human Services is distributing almost $4 million to organizations that support older Minnesotans in maintaining  their health, independence and community involvement while living in their own homes. For a highlighted list of organizations, read the Live Well at Home grants press release. 

Helping communities assess social equity

Over the last 18 months, Esri, a leader in location intelligence, collaborated with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and others to create a Social Equity Analysis solution so that more governments can take a data-driven approach in creating and monitoring policies and programs that are designed to address community needs and ensure equity. 

MN APCD Public Use Files

MDH's Health Economics Program is updating existing public use files (PUF) prepared from the Minnesota All Payer Claims Database to include additional years of data. With this new release, the Member PUF now includes medical and pharmacy claims data from 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the Provider Specialty PUF now includes medical claims data from 2017, 2018, and 2019. The de-identified data in the PUFs comes from the three major payer types: commercial insurers, Minnesota Health Care Programs, and Medicare.

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Now read/watch this

MN looking to fill more than 40,000 health care vacancies, KIMT3, January 24, 2021.

Critical Condition: the Health Care Workforce in Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, December 2021. 

Colleges struggle to recruit therapists for students in crisis, The Sacramento Bee (sacbee.com), January 28, 2022.

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Save the date

The virtual Pediatric Care Coordination Statewide Conference, will be held Thursday, May 12.

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